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980 Ti SLI questions!

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Hi guys i am about to finish my build in my Corsair 450D, i was planning on going SLI 980 Ti, People are telling me to go Reference cards but i prefer aftermarket ones. These are the options i was looking at, trying to make sure there is a little room for OC and so that the temps remain fairly low.

MSI 980 ti Lighning
vs
Asus Strix 980 ti
vs
EVGA Kingpin 980 ti
vs
Zotac Amp Extreme 980 ti

if it was your build which cards would you go with and why? Which will have more overclocking potential? Which should remain cool and offer great performance gaming 6-10 Hours per day? Lastly, which card should perform better?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 9
I wouldn't go sli in a small case.

I'd go single card and I'd choose the Kingpin 980 TI because of the wicked cooler and Samsung vram.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
8700k @5.1GHz Apex X TITAN X (Pascal)  Trident Z 4400MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
750 NVMe 1.2TB EK HF/rx360/rx120 EK FC/GTs/mcp655 Windows 10 Pro  
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BL3200PT 1600 T2 800d Pro Audio 2.1 + DragonFly Red 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
8700k @5.1GHz Apex X TITAN X (Pascal)  Trident Z 4400MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
750 NVMe 1.2TB EK HF/rx360/rx120 EK FC/GTs/mcp655 Windows 10 Pro  
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
BL3200PT 1600 T2 800d Pro Audio 2.1 + DragonFly Red 
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post #3 of 9
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Yea i am not sure i would have really liked to run 2 way SLI, everyone is recommending me to get the Gigabyte G1 980 ti with windforce cooler, they say you can clock to 1500-1530mhz on them
post #4 of 9
go for msi, it would allow you to use the hdd cage...
the rest are just too long... biggrin.gif
post #5 of 9
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I mean i would really like to run 2 SLI config, because i want to maximize gaming performance without running a single card. The only other option i couldve seen was go with the 350D and get one 980ti and OC heavy. But i would prefer 2
post #6 of 9
which ever card you get, you still are just rolling your dice and playing the "luck" game. For someone to say get the GB card cause it OC's to 1530MHz DOES NOT MEAN YOURS WILL... Its all luck of the draw. You want to be almost certain of 1500MHz + speeds, watercool the gpu, other then that, good luck with whatever you choose, but my 2 eVGA Superclocks + cards are doing amazing using FCWB's.... Just some food for thought
post #7 of 9
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yea how much did it cost to do a full liquid cool of GPU and CPU? Im trying to find the best cards for air cooling then maybe water later. I dont have the brains to put together a liquid cooling kit for the GPU, but i may just go with the reference cards 980 ti instead in a small case like the 350D lol. What do you think about the 780ti?
post #8 of 9
Personally the way i did it before i swapped cases, i had a 450D, and i bought two EVGA 980TI Hybrids, and mounted the radiators up front as intake, and two 140mm fans on the outside front pushing through and around the radiators... ( if that makes sense). Dual 120's fit nicely in the front (if you are not using the HDD cages, i used a 2.5SSD mounted to the back, and brackets to mount my 3.5 in the 5.25 bay.)
With the Hybrids you can run SLI and not overheat smile.gif
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yea how much did it cost to do a full liquid cool of GPU and CPU? Im trying to find the best cards for air cooling then maybe water later. I dont have the brains to put together a liquid cooling kit for the GPU, but i may just go with the reference cards 980 ti instead in a small case like the 350D lol. What do you think about the 780ti?

I have well over $1000 in water cooling gear in my case, but that doesn't mean its gonna cost you that much. You can have a complete watercooled PC for much cheaper, just depends on the quality you want to have, and how many "items" you're cooling. As you can see in my signature, my gpus are on their own separate loop, as i didn't want to add unneeded heat into the CPU loop.
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